Ollie Mitchell could sum up his reason for being in the basement of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Wednesday morning in just one word.
“Need,” he said.
With temperatures dropping steadily, the 53-year-old MECCA resident needed gloves, hats, scarves, socks and other clothing to keep himself warm as winter approaches. He was joined at the church by dozens of other area homeless people in search of clothing, health care or just information.
They were all able to find just about anything they needed Tuesday thanks to the Community Connections Day event organized by the Johnson County Homeless Coordinating Board and hosted in the basement of Gloria Dei Church, 123 E. Market St. The event provided participants with information, resources and referrals on a wide range of subjects including mental health, health and dental care, educational rights and legal information. Participants were able to receive haircuts, dental checkups, massages and Hepatitis C and HIV screenings, as well.
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